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I chose Alejandro’s blog post because his interpretation seems to resonate with the image in Milton’s Book 1, page 151. The plate illustration has four individuals near the ocean in which two are standing up gracefully and the other two are sweeping. Each of the individuals that are standing up can represent Milton and Blake […] Continue reading
Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162) William Blake and Milton share views based upon spirituality and sexuality that explores realms of the self with God. However, in Blake’s “Milton: Book 1, plate 2, lines 1-24; page 148) it discusses about […] Continue reading
Urizen’s weeping at the end of William Blake’s section “Asia” in The Song of Los primarily represents the remorse for all his injustices against humanity. However, I disagree that Urizen’s weeping demonstrates the remorse for all his injustices, rather it shows his distraught over the failure of his reason/logic. Also, his distraught over the failure […] Continue reading
In William Blake’s Europe, A Prophecy leaves many suggestions, concerns, and questions to be asked and answered. Blake’s intention was to inspire, but questions the morals of humans and our imagination. Relatively, I will be answering and developing further upon the prompt “Why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred-year old slumber described as a “female dream?” Her […] Continue reading
William Blake constantly tries to deconstruct the binaries formed in our society by proposing radical ideas and using religion. In addition, Thomas Paine rejects reason as the source of good in his work, from The Rights of Man (1791). Blake’s “The voice of the Devil” (1790) realigns the radical ideas proposed by Paine with the […] Continue reading
William Blake’s work consisted of religious influences and erotic connotations. For example, in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , he states, “But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul, is to be expunged; this I shall do, by printing in the infernal method, by corrosives, which in Hell are […] Continue reading
William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” is intriguing yet, can cause confusion to understand the contradictions, symbols, paradoxes, and other literary purposes in his work. However, I’ve chosen the proverb “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough” (73). This proverb speaks about the possibilities of expanding your knowledge and […] Continue reading
In William Blake’s The Songs of Experience, the shift of tone and expression changed drastically from Blake’s The Songs of Innocence. The series of poems/songs in The Songs of Experience are less angelic and more religious. Perhaps, the contrast among innocence and experience explains the black and white dynamic that creates serious, creepy, sad, or […] Continue reading
The arrangement I chose beings with “The Little Boy lost” followed by “The Chimney Sweeper” and ends with “The Little Boy Found.” I unexpectedly chose this sequence because I found themes that correlate with each other like life challenges, faith, innocence, and experience. I will be using the “little boy” to demonstrate a figure that […] Continue reading